Book Review: The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook by Mickey Trescott, NTP

Why an autoimmune cookbook? Well, autoimmune conditions now affect about 20% of the population. That represents over 50 millions people in the US alone.

Although autoimmune conditions can affect almost any part of the body, they all have the same thing in common:  a confused hyperresponsive immune system. There aren’t any cures for autoimmune diseases, whether it is celiac disease, Hashimito’s thyroidis (hypothyroidism), Grave’s disease (hyperthyroidism), type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, vitiligo, lupus or multiple sclerosis (just a few examples of a very long list of autoimmune conditions). But the good news is that there are many things you can do to help alleviate your symptoms and/or even stop the progression of your disease.

One of these things, you guessed it, is diet!

Unfortunately, most conventional registered dietitians and medical doctors are not aware of the powerful connection between the foods you eat and your health. In fact, some studies now clearly show that many autoimmune conditions are associated with a leaky gut (increased intestinal permeability) which can explain how certain toxins and incompletely digested food particle can get into your blood and trigger your immune system to attack certain parts of your body.

The autoimmune protocol helps correct a leaky gut and tune down the immune system to healthy levels. – Aglaée Jacob, MS, RD

But what is the autoimmune protocol? It’s basically a Paleo diet (grain-free, gluten-free, legume-free, dairy-free, sugar-free and processed food-free) with all of the anti-inflammatory, gut healing and nutrient-dense properties it has combined with a few additional rules.

Autoimmune Protocol = Paleo diet + [elimination of the following foods]

    • nightshades (tomato, eggplant, bell pepper, hot pepper, tabasco, paprika, white potatoes, goji)
    • eggs (all kinds, yolks & whites)
    • nuts (all nuts like almonds, macadamia, cashews, walnuts and hazelnuts, but COCONUT IS OKAY!)
    • seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, sesame, flax, anise, caraway, cumin, fennugreek, mustard)
    • alcohol
    • NSAIDs (aspirin, ibuprofen…)
    • artificial sweeteners (including stevia)
    • thickeners (guar gum, carragenean…)

WHAT IS THERE LEFT TO EAT???!?!?!

A lot, actually!

That’s where Mickey Trescott, NTP comes to the rescue with “The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbok“.

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My review of The Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook by Mickey Trescott, NTP

If you are on the autoimmune protocol (or think of giving it a try), you need this book.
It will make your life so much easier. And enjoyable.

Seriously.

I wish I had all of these resources when I started my own journey to a better health . The recipes presented in this cookbook are ALL autoimmune protocol-friendly. There are more and more Paleo cookbooks out there than ever before but for people on the autoimmune protocol, it’s very likely that more than 2/3 of the recipes contain nuts, seeds, nightshades or eggs…

How about a cookbook from which you can cook AND eat every single recipe? And feel good about it too. That exactly what you get in this cookbook. And despite the limited amount of ingredients allowed on t his protocol, the recipes are not boring at all!

Each recipe presents an exciting and nutritious new way to satisfy both your taste buds and your body. – Aglaée Jacob, MS, RD

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The Paleo Autoimmune Cookbook is filled with mouth-wathering recipes and pictures. Clockwise from top left: three-herb beef patties, garlic “mayo”, beef-butternut stew with pear and thyme, raspberry-coconut “cheesecake”.

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These Fig Energy Bites are delish!!!

I already bookmarked many recipes. The first one I made is the “fig energy bites“. They’re super easy and make a great energizing snack. I also tried the “bacon-beef liver paté with rosemary and thyme” and really like it as a spread on cucumber slices.

Here are some of the recipes I’m planning on trying in the next weeks:

  • Nectarine, Aragula, and Prosciutto Wraps
  • Moroccan Lamb Stew
  • Cranberry-Braised Short Ribs
  • Lamb Meatballs with Garlic and Spinach
  • Apple-Spice Tea Cookies
  • Pear-Caramel Pie

Is your mouth watering yet?

 

Finally, if that wasn’t enough, the cookbook also includes a complete 4-week meal plan and shopping list to make your life easier. We’re all busy living our life and it’s nice to have someone plan ahead for us. All you need to do is get the foods and cook (you don’t have to cook at every meal, many meals within the week use the same recipes so you just have to cook multiple servings to have a few meals waiting for you in the fridge to eat later in the week!).

The cookbook also includes meal plans!

The cookbook also includes meal plans!

This cookbook will not only help me expand my horizons in the kitchen, but it will also simplify the life of many of my clients following a limited diet like the autoimmune protocol. I will definitely be recommending this book to my clients and anyone struggling with an autoimmune condition.

Bon appétit!

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What about FODMAPs?

Someone ask this question on my facebook page and here’s my answer:

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